I am using Firefox and when I finish downloading a file, I click on the folder icon beside its name. The problem is, the windows appear behind Firefox. It's not isolated to the viewing the destination folder though. Since, for example, Transmission (torrent client) is running on the top tray, when I click on it then Show Transmission, the window opens behind Firefox also.

I want to know how to fix this?

  • 2023 and this is still happening. Compiz is history, so your solution won't help. First google result, though...
    – Lambart
    Commented Apr 4, 2023 at 17:13

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Okay so I found a solution. Basically, you need to install CompizConfig Settings Manager. Then go to General > General Options > Focus & Raise Behaviour and set Focus Prevention Level from Low to Off.

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  • This problem has been bugging me for ages. I noticed it from nautilus and calculator opening up behind open applicatons when launched from keyboard shortcuts. Commented May 16, 2014 at 14:01
  • cannot agree more. saved my day.
    – HongboZhu
    Commented Jun 23, 2016 at 10:59

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